Gower, The Reader

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Dialogue Punctuation
This is a brief discussion of how to punctuate dialogue in US and UK English. It also notes a few rules for quotation mark use in general.

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How did you find CYS? on 7/15/2019 8:09:14 PM

I got a message at CoG last winter about the disgusting abuse being tossed around this site in the mean girls locker room, and I went to check it, not believing that it could in fact be as loathsome as indicated.  I figured that a place like that could only benefit from my distributing sweetness and light, so I leaped into the discord at the height of the most recent rancor between the sites in January.

Serving as ambassador, ensuring that there is no miscommunication, I was content to be an example of a CoGite, to answer questions and defuse conflict.


CYS Steam Group for Domination and Control on 7/11/2019 10:48:47 AM

I want to hear about the Arkham games that you bought immediately *after* the sale.

BDK’s Mental Retardation on 7/8/2019 5:04:52 PM

"apparently he doesn't care much for CoG"

I dunno, he says, "I’ve read about 80% of Hosted and Choice of games."  Sounds like a super fan to me!

CYS Steam Group for Domination and Control on 6/29/2019 6:41:43 PM

You are undoing my mission of mercy.

CYS Steam Group for Domination and Control on 6/29/2019 2:08:42 PM

No, every single game there is crap and overpriced, and there is nothing you want.  I wouldn't even bother looking at anything on Steam.  Total waste of time.

Dialogue writing/grammar rules advice on 6/27/2019 6:03:41 AM

Yes, you're right.   So did you mean "But I also know how you feel" as a standalone sentence?  I could imagine that in dialogue.

Dialogue writing/grammar rules advice on 6/26/2019 9:55:40 PM

Yes, the example as you have it paragraphs perfectly well.  The paragraph break creates the timing beat that you are going for there.  Grammar-wise, you are in the clear there.  The action does not need to be tied to the dialogue in the same paragraph.

But here is one thing to note:

"I know how my father feels," said the girl. "But I also know how you feel....

If you intend that all as one sentence, and I think you do, the second clause has to have a lower case letter after the dialogue attribution.

"I know how my father feels," said the girl. "but I also know how you feel....


Duel to escape hell, Civil war/ear on 6/24/2019 5:31:50 AM

If I absolutely must choose one of these, I guess I would have to reluctantly pick Kar's.

Mizal’s Secret Hole and the End of Time? on 6/16/2019 1:11:04 PM

I'm not convinced that locking yourself in that bunker with those people means you aren't going to die.

CYS Steam Group for Domination and Control on 6/12/2019 9:35:44 PM

I have learned from Ogre's mistake to contest these charges loudly and clearly as quickly as possible.

In fact, I used to look concerned and sort of pedantic before I came to this forum at which point my profile picture *became* diabolical.

Or, to put it in the local vernacular,

Im good , but this site ......... made me evil !